Tradesperson certificates are issued for the following categories of work: 

  • plumbing, draining and gasfitting
  • medical gas and related mechanical services.

Provisional certificates can also be issued to overseas-trained applicants for the following categories of work:

  • plumbing, draining and gasfitting
  • electrical
  • air conditioning and refrigeration.

You can apply online if you've never held a tradesperson certificate.


You must:  

  • be aged 18 years or over   
  • be a fit and proper person to hold a tradesperson certificate  
  • meet the qualification and training requirements for the category of work you’re applying for 
  • not be a ‘disqualified person’ under the Home Building Act 1989 or another Act administered by the NSW Minister for Fair Trading
  • not be a current apprentice or trainee in the category of work you are applying for.

What you need

To apply online you need:

  • a MyServiceNSW Account
    • you can create one when you start your application
    • you may need details from 2 identity documents (such as Australian driver licence, Medicare card, passport)
  • copies of your qualifications in PDF, JPG or PNG format (certificates and transcripts from the registered training organisation)
  • for medical gasfitting categories, completed referee statement form showing 24 months' experience:
  • your payment.

How to apply

Apply online

You can apply online if you've never held a tradesperson certificate.

  1. Check the eligibility requirements
  2. Gather the required documents
  3. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  4. Follow the prompts to apply for a tradesperson certificate. 

In person at a Service NSW centre

You need to apply in person at a service centre if you hold or have held a tradesperson certificate, have a superseded qualification, or are applying under mutual recognition.

  1. Download and complete:
  2. Gather the required supporting documents as indicated on the form.
  3. Visit a service centre to submit your application.


To apply for a tradesperson certificate with NSW Fair Trading, you’ll need to create or log in with a MyServiceNSW Account. 

By logging in you consent to sharing your name and email address in your MyServiceNSW Account with NSW Fair Trading, a division of the Department of Customer Service. 

The Home building licences – privacy collection notice explains how your personal information will be handled once it is shared by Service NSW. 

More information

  • The holder of a tradesperson's certificate cannot sign off on the work undertaken. Work must be signed off by the holder of a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate.
  • Once your certificate has been granted, you can access it digitally through the Service NSW app.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 23 April 2024